The Types of Massage

The different kinds of massage

Massage is a powerful form of healing that has been used for thousands of years. Today, you can choose from a variety of massage styles and techniques. Receiving a good massage from a licensed therapist can help loosen tight muscles around the joints and ease pain. In addition, massage can help lower norepinephrine, adrenalin and cortisol levels, also known as stress hormones. Heightened stress levels can weaken the body’s immune system. A massage can help strengthen it and balance these chemicals.

Here are some of the different kinds of massages available at Physio on Brunswick:

Swedish

One of the most common kinds of massage in the Western world, Swedish massage is a therapeutic massage that uses oil and various massage strokes to help warm up muscle tissue to release tension. It is firm but not deep, ideal for beginners or those who do not have high pain tolerance.

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Sports

Sports massage is a form of massage specialising in athletes and those with sports injuries. It uses techniques such as deep tissue work, remedial massage, cross-fibre techniques, and trigger point therapy. These techniques are more aggressive and work into the deep tissues compared to a Swedish massage as they are focusing on healing and repairing the muscles, rather than simply relaxing them.

 

Cupping

Cupping was adopted from an ancient technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. A vacuum pump and glass cups are used to create negative pressure on a patient’s skin. Cups are then moved to various parts of the body to reach into the soft tissues. This helps stimulate blood flow, relieve inflamed muscles, and relax the nervous system. Cupping is safe for people of all ages.

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Corporate

 Life in the workplace is often fast-paced and stressful. Meeting tight deadlines, overseeing projects, and attending countless corporate meetings can lead to stiff and aching muscles. A soothing massage can make any employee’s day better, relieving fatigue and relaxing muscles. Short massages can also boost productivity. Massage therapists are able to target problem areas such as the shoulders, neck and back. The employee can go back to work feeling relaxed and energised.

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Hot stone

As the name suggests, this type of massage uses heated stones to help relax muscles and ease pain. First used by Native Americans, the therapy works by heating basalt stones in water then placing them in specific locations on the back with the aim of increasing circulation, improving metabolism, and deepening muscle relaxation. This kind of massage is usually combined with something like a Swedish massage.

These types of massages can help promote better health and overall well-being. If you’re looking for a good massage therapist in Brisbane, the team Physio on Brunswick can help. Visit us today for a relaxing experience.

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